Four FFA teams head to state competition

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By The Staff

The Cedar Key FFA chapter competed in the Area II Ornamental Horticulture CDE’s last week – and once again brought home some impressive hardware.
The smallest school in the state just doesn’t let its size keep them from dominating certain FFA events, said Cedar Key advisor Denny Voyles.
 In the five areas of the contest, Area II (which stretches from Citrus County to Jacksonville and west to Madison), 66 teams competed for the chance to go on to the state finals.
Only first and second place teams in each category advance to the finals in late April.
Cedar Key’s five teams have four of them advancing to state finals.
Sisters Lauren and Sarah Bartholemy landed first place in the Consumer Use Sr. Division with a demonstration called “Eat Right For Your Blood Type,” which focused on developing good eating habits, specifically considering your blood type.
Eighth grade duo Emilie LaVoie and MacKenzie Kirkbride landed first place in the Jr. Division of Consumer Use with a watermelon carving which also stressed better eating habits for teens and pre-teens.
Senior FFA member Mikayla Pope earned first place in the Artistic Arrangement Division with a demonstration about an “Island Wedding Floral Arrangement .” She also used shells and other sea life decorations to compliment the arrangement. Congratulations, Mikayla.
Amanda Robinson and Terra Dunn placed second in the Jr. Artistic Arrangement Division with a flower arrangement in the shape of a cow. The blue and gold flow-cow sported a halter made from clam bag material and a bell with FFA painted on it.
The Sr. Marketing Team of Taylor Davison and Nathanael Brinkman made very unique flower pots by breaking wine bottles with heat and cold, then inverting the top into the base. The team actually demonstrated the process of breaking a wine bottle during the event. The team placed third in the event.
Congratulations to all FFA teams and good luck at state finals! The teams are coached by Mr. Voyles, the Cedar Key Ag teacher/FFA advisor.